Trump state visit probably called off as 'it'd be horrid for Theresa May to be seen with him now', says former Republicans Overseas leader

'Donald Trump's state visit was probably called off as it'd be horrid for Theresa May to be seen with him now', says former Republicans Overseas leader

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Donald Trump's state visit to the UK was probably called off by both sides, as it would be "horrid for them to be seen together", says a leading Republican.

Former worldwide vice president of Republicans Overseas Dr Jan Halper-Hayes told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "It would be horrid for Theresa May to be seen with Donald Trump right now, so I’m wondering if the two teams had a discussion.

​"I do not think he feels snubbed at all by the UK, if someone did a story on it I would call that fake news. I think there’s something going on behind the scenes," she added.

The US president is set to attend France’s Bastille Day celebrations in July after accepting an invitation from Emmanuel Macron, who won the French presidential election last month.

Dr Halper-Hayes believes Mr Trump was invited to France because this year marks the hundredth anniversary of the US entering World War I, and American soldiers will be participating in the commemorations.

"I also think that Macron is being exceedingly smart in establishing himself as one of the two powers - and, who knows, he might even supersede [Angela] Merkel.

"I think [Macron is] very smart. Very, very smart. And it was a good thing to do and I think it’s great Donald accepted it."

She added that Trump's "PR in the US isn’t really great right now either, and when he goes abroad and comes back we have at least a few positive messages that are going on".

Listen to the full interview above